Ariel Motors present working prototype of their HIPERCAR
British sports carmaker Ariel Motors presents a fully operational prototype of the Hipercar headed for limited series production. Described as an ultra-high-performance electric sports car, the Hipercar features electric motors in each wheel with options to configure.
Buyers can choose between the rear-wheel power and the AWD. Depending on the version, Ariel claims a total output of 440 kW or 800 kW and a torque of 900 Nm or 1,800 Nm. Given acceleration is 2.09 seconds from 0 – 60 and 0 – 100 mph in 4.4 seconds with motors coming from Equipmake APM.
Ariel says HiPerCar is short for High Performance Carbon Reduction and is built around a lightweight aluminium, bonded chassis structure and full carbon fibre body.
There is also the option of a turbine range extender of 35 kW supplied by Cosworth as CatGen (Catalytic Generator). The REx recharges the battery while driving. At 62 kWh, the pack, also by Cosworth, isn’t too big and offers a range of 150 miles or 240 km on its own. The basis is an 800-Volt platform that has become custom in the performance (and even other) segments. Cosworth is known chiefly for its Formula 1 engagement.
While relying on external suppliers, Ariel is no stranger to the segment. The company debuted an electric sportscar at Cenex 2017, then also with a turbine REx on board.
Borg Warner, in 2019 used an Ariel Nomad to demonstrate its electric drive technology at the time.
In today’s news, Ariel Motors did not disclose a launch date nor the exact number of Hipercars they may make.